Friday, February 13, 2015

Circle Pizzazz

What fun at Judy Sisneros' Circle Pizzazz class!


You know how excited I was to meet her & see her teach!























 




Sunday, February 1, 2015

New Year - New Skills

2015 - the year of new inspiration continues!
We have some big plans for you. 
Is this your year to learn new skills? We have some amazing classes coming up!
Is this your year to complete & clear out some projects? Ask about our CEO Club!

 We're excited to have these talented teachers come to share their expertise with us
No longer do you need to travel great distances to learn from the best!
Call the shop to reserve your place soon!
559 793 2510

 Check out these teachers coming to Calico Mermaid:

Judy Sisneros, 
quilt designer, teacher & author, will be here Saturday, February 7 to teach Circle Pizzazz. Her goal as a teacher is that each student go away happy, with a unique quilt - not a copy of everybody else's in the workshop. Her books continue to be best sellers.





Jean Impey
will be here April 18 from Southern California to 
share her passion for quilting with all levels of quilters. She uses a wide variety of techniques with incredible results.






 Marjan Kluepfel,  
fabric artist & quilt teacher will be here May 16.
She uses fabric and thread as her medium instead of paper and paint....and a sewing machine instead of a brush.
She grew up in the Netherlands, & has lived & taught around the world. She is now at home in Northern California.




Let's make it happen!


Monday, January 19, 2015

 Local Quilt Shop Day is January 24!
We're celebrating our local customers with 
refreshments, 
door prizes, 
a big sale, 
& an opportunity to stack your discounts!
Do you have a full Sand Dollar Card worth 20% off?
Stack it!
on fabric, tools, or notions for an additional 20% off 
the original price!
 20% off all bolt yardage
Holiday fabric $5 per yard
Patterns $6 each
Books 30% off
(some restrictions apply)

One day only!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lynne Pillus-The Mechanical Quilt

We truly enjoyed Lynne's visit to Calico Mermaid! 
It was so exciting to have a designer of her caliber teach in our shop.

 

She & her husband Dan had a lovely meal at our favorite local restaurant, 
El Tapatio!


Then Saturday she got down to the nuts & bolts of teaching her technique.



 The fabric was sorted according to value - because "Color doesn't count."








 



 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Let's talk about this New Year

So 2014 is just about over. 
It's been a busy one - 
joyful 
frantic 
fun 
stressful
creative 
surprising
Our sweet new grandbaby & lots of time with his parents made the year a really memorable one.


But now I'm ready to start thinking about this New Year coming up in a few hours.
I don't want it to mow me down like 2014 tried.
So this year I'm planning a little better.
We have some amazing classes coming up at the shop.
 It's been wonderful to meet quilt designers & authors who teach all over the world & say, "Sure. I'll come to your little shop in Porterville & teach." They just want to share their love of quilting with everyone! I can hardly wait. Watch your email for details & information soon.


I'm also planning in some time for me.
Last year I learned a lot - stretched myself a lot & accomplished some things I never expected to even attempt. 
But the opportunities caught me by surprise & this year I'm going to be ready to grab them!
I find having time to create feels so good!
Whether it's creating with fabric, crafting or in my home,  garden, classroom, or shop - it just feels great to make stuff happen.
 And I'm going to plan to make stuff happen this new year!

How about you?
Got plans?
Are you going to learn something new?
Try something different?
Stretch yourself a little?
Grow a bit?
Relax more?
Enjoy more? 

 Here's to a Creative Happy New Year!